Sunday, July 12, 2015
Barbie Moonlight Halloween 2015 Doll Review
On Friday I bought the newly released 2015 Halloween Barbie doll off of Amazon. Thanks to Amazon Prime, she arrived in two days, on a Sunday (that Sunday delivery is so cool and so weird). I'll be doing a review of her and her unboxing here on the blog. Not sure if that's going to be of any interest to anyone, but if they prove to be popular I'd be willing to continue for the few new dolls I do buy throughout the year.
Anyway, the play line 2015 Halloween doll is called "Moonlight Halloween". I paid 11.99 for her before tax on Amazon with free prime shipping. Her listing can be found here. I'm sure in time she'll be found in regular retail stores once we get closer to Halloween.
The left side of the box features the cat again in closeup. She is now sitting on the
pointed tops of the fence posts. However the stock art was just stuck on top of the fence art so she's just floating on it. There's no way a cat could sit like that on a fence like that. Behind her there is a sparking walkway leading up to a slightly creepy Addam's Family style house. (Don't follow the sparkles Barbie, it's a trap!) The despite it's cliche scary architecture the house looks like it's been kept in good shape. I did just notice that it doesn't have a front door. What kind of house doesn't have a door? There seems to be a pink mist emanating from the door. Behind the house there's a full moon with some heavily stylized bats flying around. On the right side of the box there's another image of the fence post. I'm not sure if this is a repeat of the one on the other side. The sparking pathway, the house, the moon, and the bats images are all repeated on this side of the box. There's also a large pink vertical Barbie logo covering up most of the pathway. In case you didn't know who this doll was.
The box is easy to open. Two pieces of tape on top and a cardboard tab is all
that was in the way of me getting her out of the box. She comes attached to a cardboard liner. The liner once again makes use of the house, pathway, moon, and bats images. The bottom of my liner came pretty warped. It's really not a big deal since it's going to be tossed. The doll is attached to the liner at the head (three plastic tags), hair (by a clear elastic), upper right arm, waist, and one foot (clear plastic t straps). Using scissors she was pretty easy to debox. In good news her dress wasn't stapled down anywhere using those terrible small plastic tags. I hate those and how they damage the clothes no matter how careful you are removing them.
Barbie's body is very limited. She has the belly button torso with
molded on underwear and has the modern palm to rear arms that just move back and forth. Her legs are hard plastic (do they even make rubber legs any more?) and are on the ball joint at the hips so that they can't move that far apart. The legs are very tight and hard to move. The legs on mine are prone to have the legs crossed with the right leg behind the left leg. You can move the doll's legs out of this position, but very quickly it reverts itself back to it. My doll also came with a gouge to her torso on her left side, near her rib cage. This happened at the factory since the dress and box were both undamaged. This doll reminds me a lot of the beach dolls I bought last year, except that the beach dolls had arms that could pivot. How come a 5 dollar doll has better articulation than a 12 dollar doll?
For Halloween this year Barbie has a cat theme going on. I'm not saying
she's a cat because despite her cat ear headband, her outfit isn't really a cat costume. Made from a shiny synthetic fabric her dress features a sweetheart bodice with pleated tulle shoulder straps. It has a faux fake corset in black with a fake ribbon tie front. The purple fabric that make up the bodice and the skirt has an images of black cats, black cat heads, and black sparkles. I love the cat, it reminds me of Gigi from "Kiki's Delivery Service". The dress closes in the back with Velcro. In typical Mattel fashion only the front is made from the nice fabrics, the back is just plain purple fabric. At least it seems to be the same fabric as the purple in the front, just without the pattern printed on. This dress is so cute, it's the main reason why I bought this doll in the first place. Mine does have a few sewing errors (the worst being the top point of the corset is off center), but I am willing to overlook them. I like how the dress has enough whimsy to be cute, but not so cute it gets too juvenile.
The outfit has three accessories that the doll comes wearing; the headband, the necklace, and the shoes. The headband is adorable. Made of matte black plastic it has little cat ears on it. The band on it is surprisingly thick, but I guess they had to do that to accommodate the cat ears since
they themselves are rather thick. At least like that you know they'll be a little sturdier. The cat ears do fit older dolls with smaller heads, it will just be a little loose on them. It does have a little bit of give to it, so it should also fit dolls with larger heads. I would just be careful about leaving it on them too long in case it warps the plastic. I will say that my pair came with little bit of excess plastic on them on the inside that wasn't trimmed off at the factory and it was sharp. Not sharp enough to cut you, but if you touched it it definitely hurt. I was able to easily trim it off with an Exacto knife, but anyone reading this review is getting this doll for their kids you might want to check the headband first for any issues. Even if you don't have an Exacto knife a nail file would at least work to dull the sharp part. The doll's necklace is also molded in same black plastic. It features a design of two strands of pearls with jewels randomly placed on it with two hanging pieces from the largest jewel. It kind of looks like it's dripping. It has no painted details. It feels really familiar to me so I think I've seen it before on another doll, perhaps in silver? I could be wrong it just feels like I've seen it before. Her shoes are made out of the same type of plastic. They are high heeled, opened toed, slightly platformed, gladiator style shoes. They feature molded in studs on the strap and what appears to be a zipper in the front. They also have no painted details. They have a slit down the back so it's easier to put them on and take them off the doll.
Other than what she's wearing Barbie came with one accessory, a cardboard broom. Even though
So that's all that came with the Barbie Moonlight Halloween doll. This doll is a bit of a mixed bag in my opinion. I am impressed with her clothes and plastic accessories. The dress is really cute and pretty decently made. It's a nice blend of cute and sassy but still child friendly. It's been a while since I found a Barbie doll that I had to have the dress from, usually I just steal their shoes. I am also impressed by her cat ears. Even though they are cat ears I can see them being fun for other outfits, pretending a doll is an animal or just an accessory for another outfit. The doll itself is where my disappointment lies. Her static body and chopped up hair really doesn't lend itself to getting played with. She's hardly going to be a kid's favorite doll since she's so limited as to what she can do. Yes she does have purple streaks in her hair but that's all she's got going for her. For not much more you could get the Director Barbie and that doll comes with arms that pivot at the shoulders, articulated knees and ankles, a full outfit, sunglasses, and two pairs of shoes. And her hair won't be as hacked up. I'd say that I'd be more comfortable paying 9.99 for this doll, mainly because I love the dress. However I'd much rather have Mattel sold just the outfit and didn't bother with the doll. But that's not how things goes, is it?